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Jafri v. Van Prooyen - $800,000 Verdict - Motor Vehicle Collision - Jonathan P. Crannell
This is a rear-end, motor vehicle collision case that occurred on December 16, 2015. The photographs show minimal damage to the vehicles. The venue, DuPage County, is a conservative county known for defense verdicts. Ms. Jafri is a married 46 year old with two kids. She is a full-time teacher’s assistant. In 2010 and 2011 she saw a spine surgeon for low back pain with radiculopathy – an MRI revealed a disc herniation. In March of 2015, before the crash, she saw her primary care physician complaining of upper back and low back pain. When she was rear-ended, she went to the hospital by ambulance complaining of headache, neck, upper back, and lower back pain. She saw her primary care doctor who ordered MRI’s of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine showing herniations in all three segments. She went to a pain management doctor, did physical therapy, got trigger point injections, and then her pain management doctor recommended TFESI’s and ESI’s for her cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. She never got them. She stopped treating in January of 2017 until January of 2021 at which point she returned to the pain management doctor who ordered new MRI’s and ultimately reiterated his recommendation for injections. She did not have any injections before trial. Negligence was admitted, Defense hired a pain management doctor as their expert who testified that Plaintiff does not need any future medical treatment. There were some issues with this doctor’s testimony that were handled pre-trial with motions that helped limit the effect he had on the case. Some bills were contested by a well-known billing expert in our area, Mary Rossi who testified live for the defense. Plaintiff asked for approximately $2.67 million, Defense suggested $50,000 or less.
The policy limits were $100k, plaintiff issued 3 policy limits demands, the last one was issued after the future medical recommendations were calculable. State Farm’s best offer was $25,000. The jury returned...

Apr 27, 2022 10:30 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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